Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1665

Forb
Perennial/Winter annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain of GA & NC)

Look for it in nutrient-rich woodlands and forests, esp over mafic or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Basal leaves partially evergreen
Simple
Plant caulescent ("leafy-stemmed"), sometimes appearing acaulescent ("stemless")
Plant minutely pubescent

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring
Blue-violet
Bilaterally symmetrical
Lateral petals bearded
5 sepals
5 petals
5 stamens

FRUIT:
Spring
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Malpighiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Viola walteri   FAMILY Violaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Viola walteri   FAMILY Violaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 130-02-025:
Viola walteri   FAMILY Violaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Violaceae of the Southeastern US (McKinney & Russell, 2002)
Viola walteri var. walteri

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Viola walteri

 

COMMON NAME:
Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_viwa_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm100313_123

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

Leaves usually purple on the under side, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm100313_132

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

A white form

image of Viola walteri

JK Marlow    jkm100313_134

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

A white form

image of Viola walteri

JK Marlow    jkm100313_134b

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

A white form

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JK Marlow    jkm100314_078

March    Decatur County    GA

Its leaves are roundish, blunt at the tip, purple beneath, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_viola_walteri

March        

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Herbarium of Clemson University    h_cu44207

April    Tuscaloosa County    AL

Stems rooting at nodes generating next year's plants (thus mat-forming), per Weakley's Flora.

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Herbarium of Clemson University    h_cu55969

April    Berkeley County    SC

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvwalteri_chauga2

April    Oconee County    SC

Chau-Ram County Park

Petals pale to dark blue-violet. Lateral petals bearded, per Violaceae of the Southeastern US. Castanea (McKinney & Russell, 2002).

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvwalteri_chauga2b

April    Oconee County    SC

Chau-Ram County Park

Stipules deeply laciniate, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm180506_1965

May    Crawford County    GA

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JK Marlow    jkm180506_1967

May    Crawford County    GA

Note stipules.

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Herbarium of Clemson University    h_cu10135

August    Anderson County    SC

An interesting transition between caulescent & acaulescent violets, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm071025_004

October    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Leaf blades moderately to densely puberulent over entire surface, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm071101_011

November    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Petioles, peduncles and stems moderately to densely puberulent, per Weakley's Flora.